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Racist incidents in Scotland on the rise

WORRYING REPORT: Racist incidents recorded by Scottish police increases

THE NUMBER of racist incidents recorded by the police in Scotland has increased by 10 per cent, new official statistics have reported.

The figure reportedly stands at 5,389 between 2011 between 2012 compared with the 4,911 made in 2010 and 2011.

Scotland's Minister for Community Safety, Roseanna Cunningham, told the BBC she was "very disappointed" with the findings, before announcing a new £6m government plan to support schemes that aim to help fight "bigotry and hatred of all kinds".

She added: "However, we know that this is not always due to an increased number of crimes taking place, but can instead be attributed to individuals and communities being better engaged with the police and having more confidence to report perpetrators of such crimes, and that when reporting a crime their complaint will be taken seriously."

"Scotland has an outstanding reputation as a welcoming and tolerant nation and we cannot let a minority of people tarnish our image. We want Scotland to be a country where all our people can live free from fear and discrimination."

According to the news oulet: "Twenty-three per cent of the victims were of Pakistani origin - with 22% of victims described as white British. But the vast majority - 95% - of perpetrators were described as white.”

The new statistics represent an increase in racist incidents in Scotland for the first time for five years.

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